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Review: Why 'UnREAL' has gone off the rails in season 2

19 July 2016 4:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A few thoughts on last night's UnREAL — and the unfortunate path the show has taken since a promising start to season 2 — coming up just as soon as you stop by my office in five minutes... On paper, last night's UnREAL couldn't have been more unfortunately timely, as the story featured a black man getting shot by cops after being pulled over. In execution, though, the Romeo incident typified season 2 as a whole: just another crazy thing that happened without the proper setup or fallout. In that initial review of the season, I alluded to the introduction of Coleman as the one disheartening aspect of those first two episodes. Not only has Michael Rady never been particularly interesting in the previous shows I'd seen him on, but the network putting Coleman in charge of Everlasting, after only one episode of the Chet vs. Quinn dynamic, which itself came right after only »

- Alan Sepinwall

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UnREAL Star on That Explosive Scene - and How the Show Had a Friends-Style Ross/Russ Subplot

4 July 2016 8:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

UnREAL is known for its jaw-dropping plot twists, but Monday's episode once again pushed its own boundaries ... and to a very dark place even by the show's standards. Spoiler warning: For those who haven't seen the latest episode of UnREAL, plot details will be revealed ahead.At the end of Monday's episode, "Infiltration," Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Jeremy (Josh Kelly) found themselves in a frighteningly intense and violent fight that resulted in Chet (Craig Bierko) firing Jeremy from Everlasting, the show's Bachelor-esque show-within-a-show, and physically kicking him off the set. Coming to BlowsKelly tells People that the blowup stems from »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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UnREAL Star on That Explosive Scene - and How the Show Had a Friends-Style Ross/Russ Subplot

4 July 2016 8:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

UnREAL is known for its jaw-dropping plot twists, but Monday's episode once again pushed its own boundaries ... and to a very dark place even by the show's standards. Spoiler warning: For those who haven't seen the latest episode of UnREAL, plot details will be revealed ahead.At the end of Monday's episode, "Infiltration," Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Jeremy (Josh Kelly) found themselves in a frighteningly intense and violent fight that resulted in Chet (Craig Bierko) firing Jeremy from Everlasting, the show's Bachelor-esque show-within-a-show, and physically kicking him off the set. Coming to BlowsKelly tells People that the blowup stems from »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Review: ‘UnREAL’ Teases ‘Guerrilla’ Warfare Between Rachel & Quinn

20 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: Review: ‘UnREAL’ Takes Aim at Confederate Flag Controversy

This Week on ‘UnREAL’…

It was all about the production in the third episode of “UnREAL.” Upset over their new boss’ inexperience (/existence), Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) put on a producing tutorial for trust fund kid Coleman Wasserman (Michael Rady): Quinn, proving yet again how unwilling she is to give up her hands-on role in “Everlasting,” recruited two contestants and pitted them against each other.

The result was better than she could have hoped for — at first. Brandi (Monique Ganderton) took things into her own hands at the obstacle course, chucking Chantal (Meagan Tandy) off a climbing wall. She still won the date, though, and Quinn coached her into confessing her darkest secrets from a rough adolescence…then, she told Darius it was all lies, in order to get the psychologically damaged contestant to snap. »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘UnREAL’ Teases ‘Guerrilla’ Warfare Between Rachel & Quinn

20 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Review: Review: ‘UnREAL’ Takes Aim at Confederate Flag Controversy

This Week on ‘UnREAL’…

It was all about the production in the third episode of “UnREAL.” Upset over their new boss’ inexperience (/existence), Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) put on a producing tutorial for trust fund kid Coleman Wasserman (Michael Rady): Quinn, proving yet again how unwilling she is to give up her hands-on role in “Everlasting,” recruited two contestants and pitted them against each other.

The result was better than she could have hoped for — at first. Brandi (Monique Ganderton) took things into her own hands at the obstacle course, chucking Chantal (Meagan Tandy) off a climbing wall. She still won the date, though, and Quinn coached her into confessing her darkest secrets from a rough adolescence…then, she told Darius it was all lies, in order to get the psychologically damaged contestant to snap. »

- Ben Travers

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UnREAL Preview: Meet Everlasting's New Boss — Will He Take On Quinn?

17 June 2016 11:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Here’s an UnREAL development: Everlasting’s new showrunner doesn’t seem to be completely emotionally messed up or morally bankrupt!

RelatedUnREAL Renewed for Season 3

But, since this is the show where producers were responsible for causing a contestant to commit suicide, incoming boss Coleman must be at least slightly damaged, right?

“I think he is a good guy,” Michael Rady says of his documentary filmmaker. “He knows which way is north. He has a good moral compass. And he trusts his instincts.”

All of which will cause friction between the Ep and Head Bitch in Charge Quinn, the actor reveals below. »

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Review: ‘UnREAL’ Takes Aim at Confederate Flag Controversy

13 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Review: ‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Premiere Makes History

This Week on ‘UnREAL’…

If Episode 1 started a war, then Episode 2 pulled the pin from the grenade. After getting manipulated by Jay into thinking she’ll never be a real showrunner as long as Quinn is around, Rachel went to visit network head Gary and demand control of the show. Ill-fated from the start, considering her public breakdown not even two years prior makes her a pretty poor on-paper candidate for the job, the gamble backfired and introduced a new power player to the mix: Coleman Wasserman (Michael Rady). Worse yet, those “Money, Dick, Power” tattoos likely aren’t strong enough to ward off the upcoming brouhaha between Quinn and Rachel.

Meanwhile, in the world of “Everlasting,” all the key players made the first cut, including the Confederate Flag-sporting Beth Ann and the “I Can’t Breathe” “Blacktivist,” Ruby (Denee Benton). All this came after two opposing productions tried to turn everyone their way, as Chet tried to cut his manly version of “Everlasting” (preposterously titled “Everblasting”) and Quinn attempted to prove her tried-and-true formula would bring home the bacon. Somehow Chet ended up on top, as Coleman preferred his fellow man’s lewd spin on the long-running series and the entire “UnREAL” audience at home screamed, “Burn the patriarchy!”

How’s Rachel Doing?

While, yes, Rachel’s overall emergency level is lower than last week’s, there was one moment in Episode 2 that bumped her up almost to orange: Quinn’s quip of the week. Well, it would be the quip of the week if it wasn’t so cold-blooded. From the second the words, “Maybe your mother was right,” escaped Quinn’s lips, we knew Rachel was in for an emotional beatdown. And boy, did Quinn deliver.

Still, Rachel’s reaction to the borderline-unforgivable “You’re great, until you’re not” wasn’t to down a bunch of pills and go bone in the back of a production truck. She took a calculated risk to go see Gary; a calculated risk that has already come back to bite her once and will undoubtedly hit her again when Quinn finds out, but a business decision nonetheless. Quinn tried to manipulate Rachel, and Rachel responded by going over her boss’ head. It’s a fair move in the world of “UnREAL,” even if it’s not what a wholesome, upstanding, totally sane human being would do. Hence, Rachel earns a yellow card this week.

Quinn’s Quip of the Week

“I can shoot ping pong balls out of my vagina,

but no one wants to see that either.” 

Honestly, without the benefit of closed captioning, I’m not sure if Quinn said “shoot” or “chew,” but either way, her early precedent for what should and shouldn’t be spoken, seen or heard carried all the way through to the end. A punchy quote right before the title card, the line kept “UnREAL” on target in terms of tone, but it also applies to what happened at show’s end: A man, who thinks he knows what’s best for a woman, is given too much leeway to do just that. First, it was Graham trying to propose a singing element to his hosting duties while blindly supporting Chet’s ugly new vision for the show. Later, it was Coleman backing Chet after Gary backed Coleman. The patriarchy rages, even if we’d all rather let Quinn — and her “fantastic” talent — go forward however she pleases.

This is What a Feminist Looks Like

If there’s anything that can make “Everlasting” look like Rosie the Riveter, it’s “Everblasting.” Chet’s homage to tits and ass was painfully familiar, as pretty much everything on reality TV focuses exclusively and exhaustively on those two things — and only of the female persuasion, of course. It’s a man’s world, and “Insurgent” was a rough reminder of that. It’s doubtful Coleman’s preference for it is as simple as “straight white man backs straight white man,” but if this marks the start of “UnREAL” addressing how the patriarchy reinforces itself — again and again, even when women are more than qualified, clearly producing better content and ultimately the better choice — then bring it on. Rachel’s quest for respect is now on the same level as Quinn’s, and, while that may cause a few personal problems for these two tattoo sisters, here’s hoping they find a way to topple the male gaze once and for all.

Top of the Call Sheet (Episode Mvp)

You can say I was manipulated all you want, but exemplifying the confounding argument supporting the Confederate Flag with a tongue-tied, stubbornly proud Beth Ann worked wonders for me. Though Rachel wasn’t dumb enough to engage at a higher level of discussion, most of the contestant’s defensive statements could have been chucked aside with ease.

For instance, why does it matter if she wears her Southern pride bikini in front of a black man she likes versus one she doesn’t? “I was not raised to rude,” Beth Ann said when Rachel asked why she panicked upon seeing Darius when she already knew a black suitor was on the way. “I like Darius. I’d like him to like me.” So shouldn’t the fact that you’re hiding who you “really are” tip you off that maybe you do, actually, have something to be embarrassed about?

“Racism is confusing.” It is indeed.

The Real Behind the Reality

We’re early on in Season 2, but the possibilities set up in the first two episodes are vast. Quinn and Rachel’s relationship has been put front and center; fitting for a series committed to its feminist spirit and creatively sound given how volatile each can be. Chet has been established as an imposing, undeserving and nonetheless powerful presence, representing the inexplicable male dominance in the entertainment industry.

And then there’s Darius, the black suitor. Easily the most cited and obvious example of “UnREAL’s” attempt at biting social commentary, we got a good look at his decision-making process in Episode 2. Why did he choose who he chose, other than for the good of “UnREAL”? We’re not sure. The man himself has yet to be as fully defined as last year’s suitor. But there’s plenty of time left for that.

More importantly, Episode 2 showed the power behind Rachel’s fractured self. Yes, she was yet again on the verge of tears when Quinn turned on her, but seeing her make a savvy, manipulative move on her own behalf and not the show’s reminded us why Rachel is the star, no matter who’s got the power. With those two on a collision course and “Everlasting” in transition, Season 2 seems primed for a wild war. Bring it on.

Grade: A-

UnREAL” airs Monday nights at 10pm on Lifetime. Season 1 is streaming on Hulu. 

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- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘UnREAL’ Takes Aim at Confederate Flag Controversy

13 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: ‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Premiere Makes History

This Week on ‘UnREAL’…

If Episode 1 started a war, then Episode 2 pulled the pin from the grenade. After getting manipulated by Jay into thinking she’ll never be a real showrunner as long as Quinn is around, Rachel went to visit network head Gary and demand control of the show. Ill-fated from the start, considering her public breakdown not even two years prior makes her a pretty poor on-paper candidate for the job, the gamble backfired and introduced a new power player to the mix: Coleman Wasserman (Michael Rady). Worse yet, those “Money, Dick, Power” tattoos likely aren’t strong enough to ward off the upcoming brouhaha between Quinn and Rachel.

Meanwhile, in the world of “Everlasting,” all the key players made the first cut, including the Confederate Flag-sporting Beth Ann and the “I Can’t Breathe” “Blacktivist,” Ruby (Denee Benton). All this came after two opposing productions tried to turn everyone their way, as Chet tried to cut his manly version of “Everlasting” (preposterously titled “Everblasting”) and Quinn attempted to prove her tried-and-true formula would bring home the bacon. Somehow Chet ended up on top, as Coleman preferred his fellow man’s lewd spin on the long-running series and the entire “UnREAL” audience at home screamed, “Burn the patriarchy!”

How’s Rachel Doing?

While, yes, Rachel’s overall emergency level is lower than last week’s, there was one moment in Episode 2 that bumped her up almost to orange: Quinn’s quip of the week. Well, it would be the quip of the week if it wasn’t so cold-blooded. From the second the words, “Maybe your mother was right,” escaped Quinn’s lips, we knew Rachel was in for an emotional beatdown. And boy, did Quinn deliver.

Still, Rachel’s reaction to the borderline-unforgivable “You’re great, until you’re not” wasn’t to down a bunch of pills and go bone in the back of a production truck. She took a calculated risk to go see Gary; a calculated risk that has already come back to bite her once and will undoubtedly hit her again when Quinn finds out, but a business decision nonetheless. Quinn tried to manipulate Rachel, and Rachel responded by going over her boss’ head. It’s a fair move in the world of “UnREAL,” even if it’s not what a wholesome, upstanding, totally sane human being would do. Hence, Rachel earns a yellow card this week.

Quinn’s Quip of the Week

“I can shoot ping pong balls out of my vagina,

but no one wants to see that either.” 

Honestly, without the benefit of closed captioning, I’m not sure if Quinn said “shoot” or “chew,” but either way, her early precedent for what should and shouldn’t be spoken, seen or heard carried all the way through to the end. A punchy quote right before the title card, the line kept “UnREAL” on target in terms of tone, but it also applies to what happened at show’s end: A man, who thinks he knows what’s best for a woman, is given too much leeway to do just that. First, it was Graham trying to propose a singing element to his hosting duties while blindly supporting Chet’s ugly new vision for the show. Later, it was Coleman backing Chet after Gary backed Coleman. The patriarchy rages, even if we’d all rather let Quinn — and her “fantastic” talent — go forward however she pleases.

This is What a Feminist Looks Like

If there’s anything that can make “Everlasting” look like Rosie the Riveter, it’s “Everblasting.” Chet’s homage to tits and ass was painfully familiar, as pretty much everything on reality TV focuses exclusively and exhaustively on those two things — and only of the female persuasion, of course. It’s a man’s world, and “Insurgent” was a rough reminder of that. It’s doubtful Coleman’s preference for it is as simple as “straight white man backs straight white man,” but if this marks the start of “UnREAL” addressing how the patriarchy reinforces itself — again and again, even when women are more than qualified, clearly producing better content and ultimately the better choice — then bring it on. Rachel’s quest for respect is now on the same level as Quinn’s, and, while that may cause a few personal problems for these two tattoo sisters, here’s hoping they find a way to topple the male gaze once and for all.

Top of the Call Sheet (Episode Mvp)

You can say I was manipulated all you want, but exemplifying the confounding argument supporting the Confederate Flag with a tongue-tied, stubbornly proud Beth Ann worked wonders for me. Though Rachel wasn’t dumb enough to engage at a higher level of discussion, most of the contestant’s defensive statements could have been chucked aside with ease.

For instance, why does it matter if she wears her Southern pride bikini in front of a black man she likes versus one she doesn’t? “I was not raised to rude,” Beth Ann said when Rachel asked why she panicked upon seeing Darius when she already knew a black suitor was on the way. “I like Darius. I’d like him to like me.” So shouldn’t the fact that you’re hiding who you “really are” tip you off that maybe you do, actually, have something to be embarrassed about?

“Racism is confusing.” It is indeed.

The Real Behind the Reality

We’re early on in Season 2, but the possibilities set up in the first two episodes are vast. Quinn and Rachel’s relationship has been put front and center; fitting for a series committed to its feminist spirit and creatively sound given how volatile each can be. Chet has been established as an imposing, undeserving and nonetheless powerful presence, representing the inexplicable male dominance in the entertainment industry.

And then there’s Darius, the black suitor. Easily the most cited and obvious example of “UnREAL’s” attempt at biting social commentary, we got a good look at his decision-making process in Episode 2. Why did he choose who he chose, other than for the good of “UnREAL”? We’re not sure. The man himself has yet to be as fully defined as last year’s suitor. But there’s plenty of time left for that.

More importantly, Episode 2 showed the power behind Rachel’s fractured self. Yes, she was yet again on the verge of tears when Quinn turned on her, but seeing her make a savvy, manipulative move on her own behalf and not the show’s reminded us why Rachel is the star, no matter who’s got the power. With those two on a collision course and “Everlasting” in transition, Season 2 seems primed for a wild war. Bring it on.

Grade: A-

UnREAL” airs Monday nights at 10pm on Lifetime. Season 1 is streaming on Hulu. 

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‘UnReal’ Season 2: Quinn and Rachel’s Love Interests Revealed — Plus Details on Freddie Stroma’s Return

6 June 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

UnReal,” Lifetime’s dark comedy that’s set in the fictional world of a reality dating show, “Everlasting,” returns tonight with its second season.

The show re-sets each season, introducing a new suitor and new cast of contestants, while keeping cutthroat producers Quinn and Rachel, played by Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby, at the forefront.

For the first season, Freddie Stroma played suitor Adam Cromwell, but even though there’s a new leading man on board for season two — Darius Hill, “Everlasting’s” first-ever black suitor, played by B.J. Britt — Stroma will still find his way into “UnReal’s” second season.

“I’m basically there to stir things up,” Stroma said this weekend at the series’ For Your Consideration panel in Hollywood, Calif., where his “UnReal” co-star and real-life fiance Johanna Braddy sat in the audience.

Exec producers Stacy Rukeyser, Robert M. Sertner and co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro confirmed that Stroma will be back, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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UnREAL's Shiri Appleby Talks Rachel's Power Trip, the New Suitor, New Love

6 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

UnREAL‘s Rachel has a fancy new job title in Season 2 — one that she’ll have to fight to keep.

RelatedUnREAL Renewed for Season 3

Tonight’s premiere (Lifetime, 10/9c) finds the producer channeling her inner Quinn as Everlasting‘s newly christened showrunner. “But that quickly falls apart,” star Shiri Appleby says with a laugh.

On the bright side, there’s a new man (played by Jane the Virgin‘s Michael Rady) in Rachel’s life who may be just what she needs. But between trying to keep her sanity, dealing with her mean-spirited ex Jeremy and extricating herself from Quinn’s control, »

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UnREAL Taps Teen Wolf, B&B Stars as Everlasting Hopefuls in Season 2

19 February 2016 2:35 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Season 2 competition for the heart of UnREAL‘s new bachelor, Darius Hill (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Bj Britt), is heating up.

Meagan Tandy (Teen Wolf) and Kim Matula (The Bold and the Beautiful) have been cast as contestants on the Lifetime drama’s fictional dating show Everlasting, our sister site Variety reports.

RelatedUnREAL Boss Talks Adam’s Season 2 Future, His Unfinished Arc With Rachel

Tandy will play Chantal, an elegant Southern debutante who believes she’s destined to marry Darius following the tragic loss of her fiancé.

Matula will portray Tiffany, a hot, smart and rich all­-American »

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Lifetime’s ‘UnReal’ Casts Two ‘Everlasting’ Contestants for Season 2 (Exclusive)

19 February 2016 12:37 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Let the love-of-war begin. “UnReal” has cast two more contestants for the upcoming second season of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed dramedy, Variety has learned exclusively.

Meagan Tandy and Kim Matula have been set as series regulars who will play two of the ladies vying for the heart of Darius Hill (Bj Britt), the new suitor of “UnReal’s” fictional dating show “Everlasting.”

Tandy (“Teen Wolf,” “Survivor’s Remorse”) will play Chantal, a Southern debutante who’s elegant, beautiful, polished and believes she’s destined to marry Hill, after the tragic loss of her fiancé.

Matula — who’s best known for her starring role as Hope Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful” — will portray Tiffany, a hot, smart and rich all­-American girl who’s the daughter of a professional football team owner. She hopes that “Everlasting” will help her step out of her father’s shadow.

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‘UnReal’: Monica Barbaro, Denée Benton & More Join Season 2 Cast On Lifetime

29 January 2016 1:33 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Monica Barbaro (Hawaii Five-o), Denée Benton, Michael Rady (Jane The Virgin) and Gentry White (Turn: Washington’s Spies) have joined the second season cast of Lifetime’s hit  UnReal as series regulars. Created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnReal gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, Everlasting. Barbaro, repped by Main Title Entertainment, will play Everlasting contestant Yael… »

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